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NATIONAL BRIEFING / NEW YORK

Times Wire Reports

The man who ran an escort business at the heart of the scandal that helped bring down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Mark Brener, 63, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit a prostitution offense and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

“I want to apologize to this court, my family and anyone else I have hurt as a result of my actions,” Brener said at the hearing. “I am sorry.”

Prosecutors said he was the “driving force” behind the Emperors Club VIP, a lucrative prostitution enterprise.

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His customers included Spitzer, who resigned after details of a tryst with one of Brener’s prostitutes in a Washington hotel were revealed.


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